The anticipated war of words between AMD and Intel has flared following the European Commission's Statement of Objections against the latter. AMD filed an anti-trust complaint with the EC against Intel in 2001.
In a brief statement issued this afternoon, Giuliano Meroni, president of AMD for EMEA hailed the EC's move as "a moment of truth for the entire IT industry."
Meroni continues: "The European Commission is serious about ending Intel’s abuse of its dominant position in the global microprocessor market.We are confident that this Statement of Objections will be a catalyst in opening the global microprocessor markets for the benefit of consumers and PC companies alike."
Literally minutes after Meroni's missive, Intel issued its own statement, quoting Bruce Sewell, senior vice-president and general counsel, as saying Intel's conduct was not only legal, but also beneficial to customers.
"We are confident that the microprocessor market segment is functioning normally and that Intel’s conduct has been lawful, pro-competitive, and beneficial to consumers," Sewell says. "While we would certainly have preferred to avoid the cost and inconvenience of establishing that our competitive conduct in Europe has been lawful, the Commission's decision to issue a Statement of Objections means that at last Intel will have the opportunity to hear and respond to the allegations made by our primary competitor."
Seems even the name AMD sticks in Intel's craw as Sewell continues: "The case is based on complaints from a direct competitor rather than customers or consumers.
"The Commission has an obligation to investigate those complaints," he adds. "However, a Statement of Objections contains only preliminary allegations and does not itself amount to a finding that there has been a violation of European Union law.
"Intel will now be given the chance to respond directly to the Commission’s concerns as part of the administrative process," Sewell says. "The evidence that this industry is fiercely competitive and working is compelling. When competitors perform and execute, the market rewards them. When they falter and under-perform the market responds accordingly."
Stay tuned, there's sure to be more …